Thursday, December 25, 2003

Texas says A-Rod to stay, Boston signs Reese, other teams make moves
NEW YORK The A-Rod-to-Boston saga is over, or so the Rangers and Red Sox say.

SEC freezes $813 million Calif. fund
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday froze the accounts of an unlicensed Southern California firm it says took in more than $813 million from more than 5,200 investors as part of ''a fraudulent scheme.''

Business Briefs
Chambers of commerce cancel meetingsHospital board contracts health needs surveyDietitian certified as lactation consultantGrant writing workshop scheduled

U.S.-made toys may be hard to find
WASHINGTON Parents who are sticklers for buying American may have a rough time as they whisk through toy stores this holiday season.

Economic picture looking brighter as year nears end
WASHINGTON Consumers buoyed by brightening employment prospects spent at a healthy clip in November, giving hope that the overall economy will finish the year strongly after growth hit a two-decade high in the summer.

Railroad planning upgrade
FAIRBANKS (AP) The Alaska Railroad aims to take the ''coach'' out of passenger coaches.

Where are the actors now?
A look at some of the actors from ''A Christmas Story'' and where they are now:

Author's deft novel probes heart and psyche
"Waking Samuel"

Art Briefs
Artists sought

Treehouse school in Homer exposes youngsters to world of art, music
Hang around children for any length of time and you'll quickly see how important art and music are in their lives. Hang around Nancy and Matt Yaki and you'll discover how they bring their own love of the arts into the lives of children.

What's Happening
Events and Exhibits

The Christmas past, present, future of 'A Christmas Story'
LOS ANGELES The phrase ''You'll shoot your eye out!'' has become as synonymous with the Christmas season as Scrooge's ''Bah, humbug!'' and Santa's ''Ho, ho, ho!''

Area churches to celebrate Christmas
Christians will gather tonight and Thursday to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas, the most celebrated holiday in the church year.

Anchorage contractor set to remove excavator
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facil-ities has awarded Thomas Devel-opment Inc. of Anchorage the contract to remove the excavator stuck at Sevena Lake in Soldotna.

Stevens seeking gas lease buybacks
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, has filed a bill for consideration by the Legislature that would authorize the state to buy back shallow natural gas leases in the Homer area.

Accident causes 3-hour closure of Spur
An 18-year-old Soldotna woman was seriously injured when the car she was driving collided with an oncoming tow truck on the Kenai Spur Highway on Tuesday.

Lowell Gdula
Soldotna resident Lowell Gdula died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 58.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
Editor's Note: For several years on Christmas Eve, the Peninsula Clarion has reprinted this famous editorial written by Francis P. Church. It first appeared in the New York Sun on Sept. 21, 1897.

Greetings from the kids
Another holiday tradition at the Peninsula Clarion is the publication of Christmas greetings from Kenai Peninsula children.

Confessions of a Christmas diva
My name is Vicki and I am a Christmas diva.

Around the Peninsula
Blood bank to remain open during holidays

T-Wolves beat Knicks

Skyview alums join Kenai, SoHi grads for game
Game on!

Islanders come back on Flyers
UNIONDALE, N.Y. Jason Blake's power-play goal with five minutes left and Garth Snow's 34 saves led the New York Islanders to a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Alumni hoops event takes place Saturday
The Kenai Central High School Annual Alumni Basketball Games will be Saturday. Admission for a family will be $10, for an adult will be $5, for a student or senior citizen will be $3 and for a child under 5 will be free.

Steady improvement key to successful season
As the Region III/4A high school basketball season gets under way, the question to ask isn't "Who's better now?" but rather, "Who's going to be better at the end of the season?"

Change the operative word among boys teams
The teams of Region III's Southern Division are hoping that change is good.

Boise State wins at Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Ryan Dinwiddie ended his career as the most efficient passer in college football, and by leading Boise State to its first bowl victory away from home.

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